- Published on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00
1/32 Northrop P-61B Black Widow
Catalogue # 83209
Available from Creative Models for £119.99
Since I have got back into modelling back in 2005, the P-61 Black Widow has been one of my favourite twin engine aircrafts due to its patchy black paint job and its menacing look... In the past, I have purchased the old 48th offering from Monogram/Revell with all the aftermarket I could source, then I had to sell that to fund the Great Wall Hobby offering that was originally released back in September 2011... Now, Hobby Boss has gone and release the Black Widow in 1/32 scale which is my preferred scale, so when I was asked by our Editor if I would be interested taking a look at this kit... How could I say no to it!
- Published on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 00:00
1/16 Pz.Kpfw 38(t) Ausf.E/F
Catalogue # 16001
When I stop to think about it, it always surprises me that no scale has really emerged above 1/35 for armor, the way that 1/32 has above 1/48 in aircraft. I'm convinced there's a market for larger armor kits – you have only to look at aircraft to see that us modelers will shell out for larger, super-detailed kits. And let's face it, while larger tanks like the Tiger or the M1 Abrams can pull off imposing even in 1/35 scale, many of the smaller ones look, well, small.
- Published on Monday, 17 June 2013 00:00
Air Modeller's Guide To Wingnut Wings Volume 1
Softback book /112 pages / text & colour photos
Available from AFV Publications UK £19.50 + P&P
AFV Modeller Magazine was launched in 2001. At that time it was land based subjects that dominated the scene and where the publication focused its efforts. However, with a tide of people demanding an equally high end publication for Aircraft, in 2005 AFV released its first AFV Aircraft modeller magazine. Now, very successfully established as a bi monthly magazine, and respected by modellers from around the world, the natural step for them to make was to produce specialized books for modellers.
- Published on Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00
1:32 Heinkel He 219A-0 'Uhu'
Catalogue # SWS No.6
Available from Volks Japan for 16,590¥
The Heinkel He 219 was a machine that almost never was. If it had been down to certain senior factions in the RLM, the project would have been dead in the water in its very early prototypical stage. Heinkel's machine almost lost out to Messerschmitt's Me 210/410 project, which was mostly beset with design and technical issues. The He 219 has the honour of being the first operational aircraft to be fitted with ejection seats, and had the type entered service earlier, and in quantity, it would most certainly have affected the success of the RAF's night bombing operations over Germany. The He 219 was indeed designed as a night-fighter, and to this end was much better suited to it than other machines which were merely adapted for this purpose, such as the Ju 88 and Bf 110. The He 219 was heavily armed with 4 guns in a weapons pack in the aircraft's belly, 2 wing mounted guns and 2 upward firing guns.
- Published on Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Introduction to the Bf 110G-2
To be rather brief, the Bf110F and G series aircraft began life as a stop gap, covering the failure of the Me 210. The G-2 variant was fitted with more powerful DB605 engines – requiring the signature enlarged engine nacelles and larger spinners taken directly from the Bf 109G series, improved cockpit glazing and a raft of smaller detail changes.
- Published on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00
Super Model International No3
Softback 77 pages colour photographs/Illustrations.
Available from Kagero for €12.56
Is it really a month since my last review of Super Model International magazine?? I guess time fly's when you having fun. This is issue 3 from our good friends at Kagero so that means this month we are in for a feast of aircraft modelling. Having reviewed issue 2 which covered armour subjects this will be my first opportunity to see how the magazine holds up on the Aircraft front......will it be able to deliver the same quality, will it offer the same interesting subjects and will it live up to my expectations after the impressive verdict of last month's issue?
- Published on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00
Scale Model Addict Magazine #2
Monthly softback magazine
Available in digital / paper format at www.scalemodeladdictmagazine.com
Price in digital format £4.99 single issue / £20.99 six issues.
Price in print format $12USD single issue / $60USD six issues.
Being lucky enough to have reviewed the very first SMA magazine and being so impressed with it I was more than a little excited to know I would be getting the opportunity of reviewing this follow up issue, especially as I knew from the little teasers in the last issue of what was to come for this month. Having thoroughly enjoyed the first so much I needed more and it seemed like an age before I got my hands on this # 2 but sure enough it landed on my doormat and now I just hope it can live up to my ambitious expectations and carry on from where the last one left off........on a real high !
- Published on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 00:00
The news of Kagero's latest releases have just reached SP&R, and again, both aircraft, armour and naval fans are catered to in typically classic Kagero style, with books, decals and a continuation of the 3D ships range. Take a look at the detail we have below, and get your wallet ready for an onslaught!
- Published on Monday, 10 June 2013 00:00
June News from E.T. Model
New Photo-etch Upgrade Sets for 1/35 Armour
Available online from LuckyModel
E.T. Model of China make a wide variety of accessories and upgrades for armour kits in 1/35 scale. Although a relatively new company, their range is already quite extensive, and includes resin details as well as photo-etch sets, and covers Modern vehicles as well as WWII armour and trains - you can view their full line up here. This is just a quick preview of some of their new releases. We hope to be reviewing a selection of these in the near future.
- Published on Friday, 07 June 2013 00:00
1/48 Mikoyan MiG-29 9-13 "Fulcrum-C"
Great Wall Hobby
Available from Creative Models for: TBA
Earlier this year, Great Wall Hobby unleashed its first 1/48 scale jet aircraft – the MiG-29 9-12 "Fulcrum A" – which not only represents the best MiG-29 in any scale (not exactly a challenge), but probably one of the best 1/48 kits in existence. In my review, I found the supplied photo-etch to be flat and somewhat bland, and the included scheme options conservative, but the plastic itself is among the best I have ever seen.
- Published on Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
AMX-30B French Main Battle Tank
Catalogue # TS-003
Available from Creative Models for £44.99
Meng are not a company to follow everyone else it would seem. Their 1/35 scale releases have included an experimental German WWII minesweeping vehicle, a pseudo Toyota HiLux pick-up truck, and a British super heavy assault tank that came too late to serve before VE Day. And whilst they have also done some more mainstream armour in the Israeli Merkava (IDF does indeed seem 'a la mode'), Cold War French armour is not something that any other mainstream manufacturer has attempted as far as I can recall.
- Published on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00
Mini-Topcolors 35 "Fw 190s over Europe, Part I"
Janusz Światłoń and Maciej Góralczyk
Available from Kagero for €14.10
Kagero's latest installment in it's Mini-Topcolors series is "Fw 190s over Europe, Part I". Powered by a BMW radial engine the Fw 190 had ample power and was able to lift larger loads than its well-known counterpart, the Bf 109. The 190 was used by the Luftwaffe in a wide variety of roles including fighter/bomber and ground attack. When the Fw 190 started flying operationally over France in August 1941, it quickly proved itself to be superior in all but turn radius to the RAF's main front-line fighter, the Spitfire Mk. V. The 190 wrestled control of the skies away from the RAF until the introduction of the Spitfire Mk. IX in July 1942 restored qualitative parity.
- "Messerschmitt Bf 109s over the Mediterranean, Part I" from Kagero
- 1/32 Heinkel He111 H-6 from Revell
- 1/16 Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf. E from Hobby Boss
- 1:32 Ryan PT-22/NR-1 Recruit from Fisher Models
- 1:32 Spoked Wheels, German from Spoked Wheel Shop
- 1:72 Bf 110E Weekend Edition from Eduard
- Windsock Worldwide Vol.29, No.2 from Albatros Productions
- 1:48 Paint Mask Set for Eduard Albatros D.III from Uschi van der Rosten
- 1:32 Gnôme Monosoupape 9 Type B-2 (100hp) from Taurus Models
- 1/48 Mikoyan MiG-29 9-12 Fulcrum from Great Wall Hobby
- May News from A2Zee Models
- 1:48 Bezels and Cockpit Details from Airscale
- 1:32 Seatbelts for Sopwith Snipe, RE.8 and DH.9a from HGW
- 1/32 P-47C/D Main wheels from Barracuda Cast
- Mud (Various types) from MIG Productions
- Cold War Aircraft Modeller, Issue 2
- Nano Saws from RB Productions
- Soviet T-26 Light Infantry Tank Mod.1931 from HobbyBoss
- 1:32 Bristol M1.C from Alley Cat
- 1:32 Fokker D.VII Radiators from RB Productions